One impressive Wright State University (WSU) student, Tim Hoffman, is not only busy with academics, he also spends his time working and with his family.
For the past few years, the Middle Childhood Education Master's candidate has managed to balance being a husband and a father of two while succeeding as a fulltime student and employee. Moreover, he is completing the Middle Childhood Education 4+1 Program at WSU in three years rather than in the typical five year time-span.
“With work, family, and school it is definitely not easy to balance everything and admittedly things do go to the back burner and have to be prioritized,” Hoffman stated. “I have put aside a lot of hanging with friends and going out on the weekends to be able to work and do school in place of that.”
Along with prioritizing, Hoffman explains that his wife helps support his efforts and education.
“I have an unbelievable wife,” he stated. “Her name is Molly and she is a nurse; she has worked very hard to give me time to do schoolwork and plan lessons. Without her I would not have had a chance to accomplish what I have.”
“Tim is an example of an exemplary teaching candidate,” said Dr. Hannah Chai, WSU’s Middle Childhood Education Co-Director. “I had the chance to see him teach in the field at the Fairborn Collaborative in 2016 and it’s a nature versus nurture thing. He is a natural teacher; teaching is in his blood.”
Although his schedule is often booked, Hoffman reports that he loves the teaching program at WSU and feels that it has helped prepare him to be an effective educator. In particular, he believes that the fieldwork and hands-on experiences have been helpful.
“Teaching is something that you have to do, you cannot simply sit in a classroom and listen to lecture,” he stated. “You have to have the chance to apply the knowledge and actually work with students and the (Wright State) program allows for this.”
In addition to direct experiences, he states that the education program requirements have aided in his teacher training.
“Wright State's program is a lot of work and they expect a lot from you to graduate,” Hoffman said. “This is challenging, but I know that is has fully prepared me for my future career as a teacher.”
Upon his graduation from WSU this April, Hoffman reports that he would like to teach language arts and social studies to 5th graders as well as serve as a sports coach.